|Leading Role:||Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Eduardo Ciannelli, Isabel Jewell, Lola Lane, Jane Bryan|
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During "Marked Woman," (1937) Bette Davis stars as Mary Dwight, a hostess at Club Intime. When it's overtaken by a ruthless mobster, Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Ciannelli), Mary & the other hostesses, who share an apartment, are abused as if prostitutes by bully pimps. After 1 of Mary's 'johns' is murdered, the District Attorney, David Graham (Humphrey Bogart), questions Dwight; but, out of fear, she isn't cooperating to speak a word against Vanning. Thus, when Graham puts Vanning on trial, he's acquitted.
The story becomes complicated after Mary's younger sister, Betty (Jane Bryan), shows up on holiday from college. Mary works to provide her younger sister with a college eduction. Betty doesn't know what Mary does to earn the money she's being sent. Once Betty learns what Mary's job is, she goes to the nightclub & takes a job as a hostess, too. When the naive college girl won't be man-handled by a nightclub attendee who makes sexual advances that she refuses, Betty is murdered by one Vanning's hoods.
Broken-hearted, furious & loyal to her dead kid sister, Mary sings like a canary about Vanning to D.A. Graham. Vanning's mob beats Mary until she's disfigured. Gathered at her hospital bedside, Mary's roommates agree to testify in solidarity against Vanning.
Davis is 29yo & Bogie's 37yo when this movie, their 4th together, is released. Considering that Bogie's roles were usually either the tough & bad guy or a private detective who skirted the law, playing the role of the D.A. good guy who's trying to rid the city of mobsters provides a different character study of another face that Bogie could expertly put on. By their 4th film together, the screen chemistry between Davis & Bogart is titillating. They play off of each other terrifically well. Nevertheless, Bette Davis easily steals the show with a fine-tuned, right on the mark, emotional character performance.
I couldn't access a DVD review website on eBay upon which to submit this critique of the 2005 DVD "special features" included with "Marked Woman." See my review of the VHS format of the film for the details of what the film is about. The purpose of this review is to provide a critique of the DVD's special features as follows:
1. New Featurette: "Marked Woman: Ripped from the Headlines."
2. 2 Classic Cartoons: "Porky's Hero Agency & She Was an Acrobat's Daughter."
3. The original "Theatrical Trailer."
It would spoil the fun of watching the featurette to reveal, any more than the title does, what it is about. Thus, my purpose is to add that this particular featurette is important to view with the film in order to understand the 1937 social contexts surrounding this film's release. Let's just say that the topic of the film being about bar room "hostesses" whose jobs are to "entertain" male patrons was scandalous for that era. I wouldn't dream of not owning that featurette which only this DVD includes.
The two cartoons are classic, of course. I hope they were shown prior to "Marked Woman." In particular, "Porky's Hero Agency," because of it's relevance to "Marked Woman." In particular, to the D.A. character "hero" that Humphrey Bogart plays. The second cartoon is flat out fun, albeit women-centered, as is "Marked Woman."
The original "theatrical trailer" from 1937 is obviously collectible since in 2008 it is 71 years old, historical film footage. Especially since the footage includes Davis and Bogie.
simply, i love old movies from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Plus i am a big h. bogart fan. have several of his movies and this looked like a good one with betty davis, it was very good with lots of suspence.
If you like to watch Betty Davis act this is movie to watch, I like it because I am Betty Davis fan, She really knows how act the part. I watch them over and over.alot times when by myself.
This movie is a must see for every Bette Davis fan.This stroy holds up very well 70 years after it was made.Great chick flick with a strong ending.